Neuroscientist Claims that Adderall Is Exactly the Same As Meth
The FDA just approved a candy-flavored amphetamine, Adzenys, which is more dangerous for children that we think it is and the recent government statistics show that 75% of children that are diagnosed with ADHD are being treated with amphetamine based drugs.
Even with a lower dose, amphetamines can induce the following overdose effects:
– Increased heart rate and irregular heartbeat
– Unusual blood pressure and increased blood flow
– Alter the brain’s dopamine “reward” pathways
– Tremors, shaking, spasm and twitching
– Aggressive behavior and rapid breathing
– Nausea, fever, vomiting
– Stomach cramping
The Dallas-based company behind Adderral, Neos Therapeutics, has 125 sales representatives across the United States that are having “no problems” getting appointments with doctors interested in prescribing this new formulation.
The following video shows how it is being marketed as safe for children:
An article written by Neuroscientist Dr. Carl L. Hart, a professor of psychiatry at Columbia University explains it the best:
“Remember that methamphetamine and d-amphetamine are both FDA-approved medications to treat ADHD. In addition, methamphetamine is approved to treat obesity and d-amphetamine to treat narcolepsy.
In the interest of full disclosure, I too once believed that methamphetamine was far more dangerous than d-amphetamine, despite the fact that the chemical structure of the two drugs is nearly identical. In the late 1990s, when I was a PhD student, I was told—and I fully believed—that the addition of the methyl group to methamphetamine made it more lipid-soluble (translation: able to enter the brain more rapidly) and therefore more addictive than d-amphetamine. Swayed by this messaging, the public remains almost entirely ignorant of the fact that methamphetamine produces nearly identical effects to those produced by the popular ADHD medication d-amphetamine (dextroamphetamine). You probably know it as Adderall®: a combination of amphetamine and d-amphetamine mixed salts.”
The scientist Hart compares the effect of the drug to the effects of meth. He claims that Adderall is dangerous, both chemically and its vigorous acceptance from the community that doesn’t know what’s behind this drug. People depict meth as dangerous but will accept Adderall as it is helpful and perfectly normal. The problem is that people condemn one drug and take the other.
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